The rate new cases of COVID-19 in Brookfield ticked up for the second straight week, with nine people testing positive. As of the morning of July 7, the village had recorded 184 total cases since data started being tracked by the county in March.

While still lower than the worst weeks of the disease’s spread during April and May, the nine new cases were the largest weekly total since the seven-day total recorded on May 26.

The nine new cases last week were a 5.1-percent increase over the prior total, and that rate has increased slightly over the past weeks. For the seven-day period ending June 23, new cases rose by just a half a percent. A week later, by the morning of June 30, new cases increased by 4.1 percent.

Meanwhile, for the fifth straight week Riverside recorded two new cases of COVID-19, bringing that village’s total to 98. New cases in Riverside have increased by 2.1 percent in each of the past three weeks.

North Riverside as of the morning of July 7 saw no new cases of COVID-19 week over week and has recorded just three total new cases since June 16. The total number of North Riverside residents testing positive for COVID-19 since late March remains at 78.

There were also no additional fatalities from COVID-19 in Brookfield, Riverside and North Riverside. To date, four Brookfield residents have died from the disease, along with two each in Riverside and North Riverside.

COVID-19 news statewide continued to be cautiously optimistic Monday.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Illinois declined significantly over the holiday weekend and into Monday, touching their lows since the state began reporting the figures daily in April.

There were 1,395 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of 11:59 p.m. on July 5 as the number remained below 1,400 for three days after spiking to 1,651 on Thursday.

Of those hospitalized at the end of Sunday, 321 were in intensive care unit beds, the second-lowest number reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health during the pandemic’s presence in Illinois. The 304 reported at the end of July 4 marked the lowest in one day.

Ventilators in use by COVID-19 patients at the end of Sunday fell to 151 – the lowest IDPH has reported thus far.

The state also reported just six new COVID-19-related deaths each on Sunday and Monday, marking a low since March 25. That’s after death counts of 10 on Saturday and 17 on Friday.

Sundays and Mondays, historically, have had lower casualties reported by IDPH than the rest of the week throughout the pandemic, however, and IDPH warns in its daily releases that all data “are provisional and will change.”

A disclaimer reported daily reads: “In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.”

The seven-day rolling positivity rate remained at 2.6 percent Monday for the seventh straight day after ticking downward from 2.7 percent.

Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois contributed to this report.